Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU)
 
MS in Rural Community Development (RCODE) 
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences offers an interdepartmental Graduate Program, hosted by the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) in Rural Community Development (RCODE, thesis or non-thesis). Graduates of the program will build their capacities in community development to better design, manage, follow up, evaluate and monitor the projects either in the public or private sector and both locally, regionally and internationally.

The program combines theoretical and experiential courses from the university at large. The core program emphasizes community and participatory development, gender issues, social analysis of communities, design and planning, program development and non-profit management, community action research and skills for community change. Elective courses provide the desirable flexibiltiy to enhance the breadth of the program and its multi-disciplinarity from registered programs at the FAFS and other faculties. Such courses allow specialization in environmental and natural resource management, community nutrition and food security, project planning, sustainable agriculture, communication and development, community health. [more]

The credit requirements for both thesis and non-thesis options are tabulated below. [more]
Read more about the admission requirements for the RCODE program.

Core courses: number and name

Non-thesis Option Credits

Thesis Option Credits

RCOD 341 Rural Community Development, Theory and Practice

3

3

RCOD 342 Qualitative Methods for Rural Community Development

4

4

RCOD 343/ AGRL 301 Quantitative Methods/ Statistical Methods

3

3

RCOD 344 Practicum

4

4

RCOD 304 Project/Tutorial

3

0

RCOD 399 Thesis

0

6

RCOD 305 Seminar

1

1

Total core credits (including courses and project or thesis)

18

21

Elective credits from FAFS

9

6

Elective Credits from AUB at large

6

6

Total credits required for graduation

33

33

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